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Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Most Meritorious Player: 1899 Results

Congratulations to our 1899 Most Meritorious Player, Ed Delahanty!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ed Delahanty	100	7	3
Vic Willis	96	7	1
John McGraw	93	7	3
Jimmy Williams	78	7	0
Cy Young	58	6	0
Joe McGinnity	49	5	0
Chick Stahl	46	5	0
Jay Hughes	46	5	0
Jesse Burkett	38	5	0
Noodles Hahn	37	4	0
Honus Wagner	31	4	0
Bobby Wallace	17	2	0
Kid Nichols	14	2	0
Frank Kitson	14	2	0
Jesse Tannehill	10	1	0
Fred Tenney	8	1	0
DL from MN Posted: June 01, 2022 at 04:55 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: June 01, 2022 at 05:06 PM (#6079401)
This is Ed Delahanty's first MMP award and the 9th season he has received votes.

Player Name # seasons receiving votes
Cy Young 14
Honus Wagner 14
Kid Nichols 9
Ed Delahanty 9
Vic Willis 5
Joe McGinnity 5
Noodles Hahn 5
Jesse Burkett 4
John McGraw 3
Bobby Wallace 3
Jesse Tannehill 3
   2. DL from MN Posted: June 01, 2022 at 05:20 PM (#6079402)
Players who have received votes in 14 or more seasons

Player Name Seasons MMPs
Barry Bonds 18 7
Babe Ruth 17 10
Tris Speaker 17 2
Willie Mays 16 7
Henry Aaron 16 0
Ty Cobb 15 4
Ted Williams 14 4
Honus Wagner 14 4
Rogers Hornsby 14 3
Josh Gibson 14 2
Stan Musial 14 2
Cy Young 14 1 (only pitcher with 14+)

Pujols is highest among active players with 11 / 3. Trout is next with 9 / 4.
   3. DL from MN Posted: June 02, 2022 at 10:20 AM (#6079487)
Young and Wagner look like locks to make that exclusive 15+ club.
   4. TomH Posted: June 22, 2022 at 09:55 AM (#6083225)
New Project Proposal

Excuse the interruption, gentlemen, from a long-time-ago HoM voter. I don’t know where ELSE to post this idea, so it seemed *here* was a reasonable place.

I have a proposal to begin a voting project that would have at least some similarities to the HoM.

- - - Ranking the 50 best MLB single-season performances - - -

I propose a Survivor*-like exercise, where first the 50 best single seasons are determined, and after that a (bi-?) weekly culling is made whereby some are excluded, until the list shrinks to {something like} 45, 40, 36, 33, 30, 27, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7… 1.

Each (1 or 2) weeks, a discussion thread would ensue, at by the end, each person would vote for x player-seasons to be kicked out of the group. The player(s) with the most votes get booted, and the rest go back in for a clean vote to begin the next cycle. Ultimately we get a countdown to the Best Season Ever.

MLB only. Post-season credit is voter’s is in play, for voter’s discretion. Ditto for league strength. You think PEDs=cheaters, fine, vote Bonds 200x off, but others may disagree.

Clones allowed; we could have up to 5 Ruth years for all I know.

The Starting 50 might be one big beginning exercise where we each nominate 50 seasons, and the most votes get in the hopper. Or we could start with 60 and take the first week to cut 10 off to have a more prudently chosen 50.

Thoughts on methods, on implementation, and on best thread to discuss?

Tom Hanrahan
   5. DL from MN Posted: June 22, 2022 at 01:38 PM (#6083264)
I don't think I'd participate in that one. I would be up for a re-ranking of HoM players by position. We last did that in 2008 and we've elected 50 more players since then. 2023 (after our next election) would be a good time to re-do the process.
   6. DL from MN Posted: June 22, 2022 at 01:51 PM (#6083270)
The next logical project is managers and executives. I don't know if the work has been done to really do the project well. The Hall of Fame has elected 23 managers and 40 executives over 160 years of baseball history. That seems fair (about 4 per decade) if not generous.

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